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With over 130 miles to explore, The Lakes 100 takes you on a circular journey packed with over 50 points of interest to visit along the way. West Cumbrian brothers, Aaron and Peter Lewthwaite, devised the concept and created the accompanying map full of interesting facts, historic places, hints of folklore and much more: “This […]

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How two lake district business women have taken to wild swimming to relieve the stresses of business during a worldwide pandemic

How two lake district business women have taken to wild swimming to relieve the stresses of business during a worldwide pandemic. As if owning and running a business isn’t stressful enough, throw in a worldwide pandemic for good measure and most business owners will be nodding their heads in agreement.  It’s been widely publicised in […]

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Herdwick Sheep – Guardians Of The Fells

Herdwick Sheep – Guardians Of The Fells.  Few animals have taken to the Cumbrian conditions better than the iconic Herdwick. The striking black fleeces of the lambs which lighten with age and their ability to withstand the cold, relentless rain of the Lake District have made Herdies an icon.  But to understand their importance we […]

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Get outdoors, spend time in nature… but please be responsible

Whinlatter Forest Just five miles outside Keswick, sits England’s only true mountain forest, Whinlatter. It’s known for its breath-taking views, an abundance of wildlife and myriad of adventure activities for all ages.  Forestry England manages the site with people, wildlife and sustainability at its core. It’s a special place where people can escape from the […]

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A Path Less Trodden – Walking in Cumbria

A Path Less Trodden – Walking in Cumbria We normally tend to feature popular Cumbrian walks, but for social distancing measures, we’ve dug around for the hidden jewels where tourists are few and you won’t come across many people.  We kept families in mind and both walks are relatively easy with moderate climbs, the first […]

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A Helping Hand for Our Furry Friends at Oak tree Animals’ Charity

A Helping Hand for Our Furry Friends at Oak tree Animals’ Charity There were many challenges over the last few months for Oak Tree Animals’ Charity who had a vital role supporting the community and caring for animals in desperate need of help. From their Wetheral base, Oak Tree’s Small Animal Team worked hard to […]

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Enter the Cumbria Wildlife Trust Photo Competition

Why not make the most of the weather and take part in our garden wildlife photography competition? Whether your outside space is a window box or a few acres, we’d love to see the wildlife you’re enjoying on your doorstep. We may be in lockdown, but the flowers are in bloom, bees are buzzing, insects […]

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The Lake District Coast – Our Coast

The Lake District Coast – Our Coast When we think of escapes and short breaks we usually only consider a bucket list of exotic destinations further afield. But true escapes can be found closer to home and if you really want to get away from it all, you don’t need to look any further than […]

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Thirlmere – Our Lakes series

Thirlmere – Our Lakes As you drive by Thirlmere you can be forgiven for thinking this peaceful location hasn’t changed much over the centuries. A casual glance suggests that except for a handful of farms, a couple of churches and the road beneath you, the valley once known as Wythburndale, has retained a timeless quality. […]

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#60 The Pogge (Agonus Cataphractus) Wildlife of the Solway

#60 The Pogge (Agonus Cataphractus) Wildlife of the Solway Firth The Pogge or Hooknose is a very distinctive and easy to recognise small fish normally growing up to 10cm long but occasionally reaching 15 cm or more.  Overall colour is grey/brown with dark patches. It is not uncommon and is listed as a species of […]

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